“On my own I have no rights but together, as the Gulabi Gang, we have power,” Aarti Devi, 25.
“When I go to fetch water, the upper-caste people beat me, saying I shouldn’t be drinking the same water as them. But because we’re a gang, they’re scared of us and will leave us alone.
“Six months ago, a woman was raped and we went to the police station. The officers initially refused to take the complaint, but together, we were able to force the police to take action.
“We dragged the police officer from the station and beat him with our sticks.”
The group has attracted the support of an increasing number of men.
“My father is a member of the Gulabi Gang,” says Aarti.
“We are not against men. We are for the rights of everybody and against people who don’t believe in that.”
Sampat, a mother of five who was married at nine, has become a local celebrity.
I am increasingly disturbed by how often we blame women for sexism, for failing, for being stupid enough to vote for obama, for attacking other women. Call it kick the dog syndrome. Call it a circular firing squad. Call it whatever you want, but no matter what you call it, blaming women is UTTERLY counter-productive and worse, it is self-destructive.
You say that women who voted for obama are dumb-asses; that feminists who attacked Sarah Palin are hypocrites and weaklings; that Kim Gandy and NOW suck; that so MANY women are complicit in their own subgugation.
Yup, yup, yup, and yup. You are correct. Congratuations! Please collect your Captain Obvious Award at the podium and head on over to the Mutual Admiration Society table where we can all pat each other on the back.
Today is Novemebr 18, 2008. Let’s take a quick look back over the past year. For sins of commission and omission, for talking out of turn, for slipping up in public, for letting down their guard, and for having a skeleton or two in their closets, WHO paid with their dreams, their livelihoods, their reputations, or even their careers?
- Hillary Clinton
- Sarah Palin
- Samantha Powers
- Randi Rhoades
- Amanda Marcotte
- Melissa McKewan
- Geraldine Ferraro
- Taylor Marsh
- Bristol Palin
I’ll leave it to the winners of the Captain Obvious Award to figure out what this list means.
It is EASY to kick the loser; to attack your neighbor in the ditch rather than your enemy on the field. And can we please, FINALLY, put to rest the absurd notion that women are our own worst enemy? HOGWASH. Just keep telling yourself that until you’re ready to face the facts and face up to this:
In all its forms, guises, and insidious ways, THIS is our worst enemy.
p.s. I’m behind on getting the PROWLS and Action Items out today because I keep getting distracted by the circular firing squad.